Capitol Theatre

264 St. Paul Street,
St. Catharines, ON L2R 3N1

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Previously operated by: Allen's Theaters Ltd., Famous Players

Architects: Charles Howard Crane, Harold Solomon Kaplan, Abraham Sprachman

Firms: Kaplan & Sprachman, Kiehler & Schley

Styles: Adam, Art Deco

Previous Names: Allen Theatre

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1962 photo courtesy of the Growing Up In Western Hill!!! Facebook page.

The Allen Theatre was opened on April 26, 1920. It was designed in an Adam style by architect Howard C. Crane, with the local firm Kiehler & Schley, for the Allen’s Theaters Ltd. chain.

Taken over by Famous Players and re-named Capitol Theatre, it was remodeled by the architectural firm Kaplan & Sprachman in 1934. It was closed in 1965. It was demolished by 2014.

Contributed by Chad Irish

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

Jon Lidolt
Jon Lidolt on May 13, 2007 at 4:34 am

I was only in this theatre once. I saw the Deborah Kerr film “The Innocents” there during its first run. The building reminded me of the Music Hall theatre in Toronto Canada, and neither one could be described as being an art deco structure. Incidentally, the Music Hall was originally know as the Allen Danforth.

spectrum on December 10, 2010 at 7:44 pm

This has been demolished. Modern commercial builsings on the site.

DavidDymond on November 7, 2012 at 11:12 am

Mr. Les E. Mitchell who became a Vice-President, Operations of Famous Players Limited, was manager of this theatre for a time in the early 60’s. When Mr. Mitchell was listing all of our theatres for correspondance distribution — he would always list it as Capitol Theatre * St. Kitts — rather than St. Catherines!!

DavidZornig on May 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm

1962 photo of St. Paul Street added, courtesy of the Growing Up In Western Hill!!! Facebook page. Capitol Theatre marquee in the background.

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